Partager l'article

Three destinations that make you want to escape…

Three extreme universes, three unusual activities, three dream hotels, for an escape close to nature.

In Botswana, follow the Okavango Delta by boat 

The legendary Okavango River stretches its entire length across green plains, which can be flooded in season. Like a mirror of water, it reflects the silhouette of the trees, the sky, and the clouds. It is possible to travel this waterway in a boat in complete safety, in an atmosphere of calm and absolute serenity: a true experience of slow tourism in a majestic and preserved setting in the heart of an extraordinary animal sanctuary. Here hippos, there birds, further away elephants… A complete immersion in a wild environment.

Where to sleep? At Tuludi, a camp located in the Khwai private reserve. Seven spacious and comfortable rooms under canvas connected by wooden walks, including a swimming pool, library, tree house, terraces with view, etc.

In Dubai, fly over the dunes in a hot air balloon

The alarm clock must ring early, very early in the morning… Objective: arrive before dawn in the desert at the gates of Dubai. The team is already busy inflating the balloon, straightening the basket: a show in itself. As soon as the balloon leaves the ground, the magic happens. As the balloon rises, as the sun rises, the passengers become aware of the immensity of the natural spaces, the grace of the undulating dunes, the nuances of color in the sand. Nature in its purest state is revealed in panoramic format. Silence reigns, sometimes disturbed by the noise of the burners, cultivating the exhilarating impression of being cut off from the world.

Where to stay? At ME Dubai, the only hotel project where architect Zaha Hadid designed both the interior and exterior. A posthumous, breathtaking, and unique work.

In Namibia, admire the sunset over the desert

The Sossusvlei region is the quintessence of the Namib Desert, the oldest in the world: its gigantic size, its splendor, its magic all amaze in equal measure. After an exhilarating day of safari, as the sun declines, we take advantage of the magnetic light, almost unreal, which underlines the relief of the landscape as far as the eye can see. Blinding at first, it loses, little by little, its intensity as the minutes pass until the night falls and the stars come out. Fairy-like…

Where to stay? At Little Kulala, a camp completely renovated in an eco-responsible spirit with eleven villas decorated with paintings and artworks, a spa and a whole range of activities. It is the only lodge in a private nature reserve with direct access to the Namib Desert.

Celine Baussay